3..2..1..We Have Worship! Psalm 108:1-4

With God We Shall Do Valiantly

A Song. A Psalm of David.

108 “My heart is steadfast, O God!
    I will sing and make melody with all my being!
Awake, O harp and lyre!
    I will awake the dawn!
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
    I will sing praises to you among the nations.
For your steadfast love is great above the heavens;
    your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.”

Psalm 108:1-4, ESV

Today, we peer down this well of Psalm 108. It is deep, but that depth protects it from the heat of the sun. It holds a sweet water that quenches our spiritual thirst.

One issue for anyone looking at the Psalms is apparent repetition of vv, 1-5 which you can read in Psalm 57. And, vv. 6-13 are lifted from Psalm 60. I’ve read a few scholars (and pastors) who usually are pretty perplexed. But for me, I think of laminating wood to make it much stronger, and I think that this is worth considering.

I figured we’ll take about five posts to do 108 properly. We could easily do more, as the Word always continues to give more and more than we expect. It is always fresh and a real joy to share with you like this.

Commentary

V. 1, “My heart is steadfast, O God!
    I will sing and make melody with all my being!”

To be a worshipper doesn’t mean you play guitar or piano well enough to join a worship team and stand up on a stage. The first mention in the Word of a worship instrument was a “knife.”

“Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.”

Genesis 22

I would like to ask every worship leader, “Do you understand the “ministry of the knife?”

The implication of verse 1 is that we are the instrument of worship. I make music, “with all of my being.” Guitars are merely auxiliary. Worship that is done with the heart, doesn’t need them. (But it is nice to have them.)

V.2, “Awake, O harp and lyre!
    I will awake the dawn!”

This a weird idea, but it appears that our musical instruments, just being objects can “wake up.” They are inanimate objects that the worshipper uses, and they must “come to life” with the touch of a worshipping musician.

The dawn was very early. And all through scripture we see it as a time of “urgent expectation.” The dawn is a propitious time, and God always seems to honor it above any other time of the day.

V. 3, “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
    I will sing praises to you among the nations.”

Thanks and praises. Peoples and nations. These ideas form a ‘methodology’ of worship.  “To you” is the focal point in that methodology. It’s all about Jesus. Always Him, past-present-future.

It’s worth noting that our “evangelism” be fueled by our worship and praise. I worked the streets in San Francisco as a ‘street evangelist.’ I was full-time for three years, and I encountered many different kinds of outreach.

Perhaps the most effective was getting a street closure permit and setting up a worship team right out there on the street. There was a festival feeling as the team played, and believers would mingle. The band would play for hours, and many good things happened.

V. 4, “For your steadfast love is great above the heavens;
    your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.”

Dimensions are used– primarily of extreme heights. It is used in this sense to express definition. How do I truly explain God’s love for me? (Or for you, for that matter?)

This metaphor is David’s particular favorite…”above the heavens (not just to the heavens, but above them.) Also, the sterling quality of this love shows up in the word “steadfast.” It endures, and endures, and then endures even more. And 20,000 years from now, our vocal chords will just be getting warmed up.

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ybic, Bryan

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